Applying to a GSA programme


GSA values the safety and well-being of our applicants and colleagues within the school. The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated that as a community we have taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face audition rounds with immediate effect. We want to assure you that your audition is important to us; we will be making alternative arrangements online and we remain committed to providing you with a positive and thorough experience. Our admissions team will be in touch with applicants directly with further details.



Foundation Applications

Applications to the Foundation Course in Acting or Musical Theatre should be made via the online application forms which can be accessed via the Foundation programme page

Undergraduate Applications

Applications for our undergraduate programmes should be made via UCAS. Information on the relevant UCAS codes can be found on each programme page

Postgraduate Applications

Applications for all MA programmes should be made via the University of Surrey’s online application form which can be accessed via the programme page

Auditioning for a GSA programme

At GSA we try to make our auditions as enjoyable as possible. We do not expect you to be an accomplished performer but we are looking for potential and, if we see it, we would like you to feel convinced that GSA is the best place for your training. Unfortunately it is not possible to give any feedback from the audition process.

Whether you come to audition at the school, here in Guildford, or attend an outreach audition (regional or international), you will be seen by the same senior members of our GSA staff.

The audition process enables us to make informed choices about candidates and their ability to undertake the rigorous training we offer. It gives you the opportunity to see whether this is the right school and training for you and to demonstrate whether you have the aptitude and physical ability to become a professional actor able to sustain a career in the performing arts industry.

Early application is advised to guarantee audition availability. Auditions for BA courses are held annually between November and March. Auditions for MA courses are held between December and May.

REGIONAL AUDITIONS 2020                                            INTERNATIONAL AUDITIONS 2020

We are looking for:

  • A vibrant and energised body and mind
  • A healthy body and a healthy voice
  • A knowledge of theatre, television and film
  • An ability to transform the written text in either song or speech into believable and theatrically truthful words and thought
  • An ability to freely use your imagination
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions

At the point of an offer being made or a place on the reserve list, the audition panel will have assessed the following:

  • An ability to work with others to achieve a presentable piece of work
  • Spontaneity
  • An ability and previous experience in singing, acting and dancing (for Musical Theatre the panel will expect potential in at least two out of the three)
  • An ability to attempt everything regardless of previous experience
  • A receptive and enquiring mind
  • A voice and body that is trainable and a personality responsive to our methods of training
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions

Audition Fees

Applicants for all performance courses must pay a non-refundable audition fee. This is currently set at £55 for BA/MA courses and £45 for Foundation.

The audition fee must be paid via your student Surrey Self-Service. You will be e-mailed information on how to set up your portal once we have received your application.

Financial support for audition fees

GSA is pleased to offer an audition waiver for eligible UK students applying for undergraduate courses for September 2020 entry.

To assess your eligibility please use the online postcode search tool. This tool will provide details of your POLAR4 score, if your postcode is in quintiles 1 or 2 you may be entitled to an audition fee waiver. This link will also provide further details of the classifications. If your postcode shows you are eligible please contact admissions so we can confirm your eligibility.

Please note that we are unable to assess applicants living outside of the UK or those from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Regional Auditions

Whilst the majority of auditions are held in the GSA studios on the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, we also hold regional first round auditions for undergraduate performance courses. All recall auditions are held in Guildford.

UK & Ireland GSA Regional Auditions
See above for regional locations and dates

Overseas Auditions

GSA welcomes applications from overseas.
See the dates above for New York and Chicago


Where applicable, interviews provide us with an opportunity to get to know you better, and you with an opportunity to ask questions in a one-to-one setting. We want to know what excites you about performance, and why you think performance is an important subject to explore both critically and practically in the present moment. Interviews also give us a chance to envisage how you might participate in academic conversation and critically-engaged practice. We also encourage you to question us, and to learn more about what makes your chosen programme tick. Ultimately, these interviews are intended as a conversation premised on curiosity and an open mind.



If you have any questions about the application and audition process get in touch with our admissions team:

T: +44 (0)1483 682222